New Calif law AB 1726 will disaggregate data for Asian Americans. The new categories include Bangladeshi, Hmong, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, Fijian, and Tongan Americans. Roughly 15 percent of California’s population is Asian and 0.5 percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. This was signed into law in September 2016.
Advancing Justice’s analysis of Census data found that in California, 14 percent of Asian Americans do not have health insurance. However, it is interesting to note that 8 percent of Japanese Americans are uninsured compared to 27 percent of Korean Americans. Thus health care disparities can exist among the subgroups of Asia Americans.